SCQF LEVEL 5 - National 5

Are you interested in developing your IT skills to an industry standard and gaining an understanding of administration in the workplace?  It doesn’t matter what College/University Course or job you are considering Administration and IT is at the heart of technological advances within the workplace and  this course will allow you to develop a range of essential organisational and IT skills which will stand you in good stead regardless of the career path you choose. 


National 5 Administration & IT


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


Not applicable



(70 marks) – sat outwith the main SQA exam diet 

Question Paper (50 marks) – sat in the main exam diet 




Mrs Henderson 

Mrs Benton 

Miss McGregor 

Mrs Coetser 



Information about the course.

Administration is a growing sector which cuts across all sectors of the economy and offers wide ranging employment opportunities. National 5 Administration and IT gives you the opportunity to experience real life administration tasks and engaging practical activities relevant to the world of work.  You will develop administrative and IT skills and a knowledge and understanding of administrative theory enabling you to effectively contribute to and support organisations.  

National 5 Administration and IT comprises of 2 main areas of study: 


IT Applications – This area of study will allow you to develop your skills in IT, problem solving, communication, organising and managing information.   For example, IT skills in word processing, databases, spreadsheets, presentations and desktop publishing.  Skills in using technology for electronic communication and investigation. 


Theory – This area of study will introduce you to the responsibilities of organisations, the skills/qualities and duties of the administrative support function and the impact of these on the workplace. For example, development of organisational skills in the context of organising and supporting events.  Developing a knowledge and understanding of the benefits to organisations of good customer care. 


During the course you will experience a mix of classroom approaches including practical and experiential learning, group work and individual work.  Active and independent learning will take place through self and peer evaluations giving you the opportunity to reflect on your learning.  Opportunity will be given for you to work collaboratively with others to deliver presentations and organise events. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Although National 5 pupils will have normally studied Administration and IT in S3, this is not a necessary as no specific third-year learning is presupposed for this course.  

what will you get?

National 5 Administration and IT 


The course is graded:  


A:  Band 1, Band 2  

B:  Band 3, Band 4  

C:  Band 5, Band 6   

D:  Band 7  


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


A wide range of job opportunities could be considered eg Administrative or Clerical Assistant, Receptionist, Housing Officer, Events Organiser, Airline or Airport Passenger Service Assistant, Travel Consultant. 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Eve - S6

I chose Admin and IT because I thought it would teach me valuable IT skills that are needed with almost every job and even in everyday life.  I have enjoyed learning how to use all the different software that I didn’t know how to use before such as spreadsheets and databases which I think is very useful knowledge.  I recommend taking Admin and IT as it teaches you all the basic IT skills from Powerpoint to Excel and it is very useful to know how to do for the future. 

Business Desk With Laptop and Coffee

Callan - S4

I picked Admin because I think that it would be a useful skill to have in the future and to learn more about some of the software you use Word, Excel and Access and it would be helpful in my future job. I enjoy using Outlook because I knew nothing about it before and learning it was a skill to have for the future.  I would recommend Admin because it is a useful subject to know and would help if you are thinking about have a job that involves using a computer. 

Business Organization

Jack - S5

I chose admin because I think it’s more useful for future day to day life even if you don’t want something down the line of Admin.  I have enjoyed learning about how administrative people work in their lives and even how to send messages to people through different platforms.  I feel like the theory is the easiest part of the course as long as you think about real life situations.  I would recommend Admin because it is very useful for your life and is a great qualification to have when applying for jobs.  I would also recommend that it is a good skill to have if you know how to do all the things than an administrative person would do. 

Business Partners at Work